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DeWees, Mari (PhD)

Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office: MH 0177
Phone: 239-590-1468

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Ph.D. Sociology, University of Florida
M.A., Sociology, Auburn University
B.A., English, University of Florida

Research and Teaching Interests

Southeast Asia
International Education
Social Sustainability

Courses Offered

Martial Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia
Sociology of Crime
Sociology of Murder
Sociology Internship
Sociology Senior Capstone
Introduction to Sociology
Sociological Theory


  • Kimbler, Kristopher J., Mari A. DeWees, and Ashley N. Harris. 2017. "Characteristics of the Old and Homeless: Identifying Unique Service Needs." Aging and Mental health. (21): 190-198.

Grants & Awards

  • FGCU Scholarship Venture Research Fund Grant, "Reflections on Water: Globalization, Tourism, and the Social Construction of Resource Sustainability in Southwest Florida." with Dr. Joanna Salapska-Gelleri, Psychology. $13, 705.50, funded 2019.
  • FGCU Scholarship Venture Research Fund Grant, "Improvisation and Theatre Games as Therapeutic Tools for Southwest Floridians Recovering from the Impacts of Hurricane Irma." with Dr. Dan Bacalzo, Theatre. $4500.00, funded 2019.
  • FGCU Office of Undergraduate Scholarship Communities in Transition Grant, "Utilizing improvisation and theatre games to help populations manage stress and anxiety following Hurricane Irma, red tide, and other local water issues." with Dr. Dan Bacalzo, Theatre. $1500.00, funded 2019.